Mount Garibaldi

Mount Garibaldi

Mount Garibaldi is a 2678 m high stratovolcano in the Coast Mountains in British Columbia. The highly weathered summit complex rises 64 km north of Vancouver in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Garibaldi is the largest volcano in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt and is like the Glacier Peak in the Cascade Range entirely of dacite. The mountain has a unique asymmetrical appearance, because the main peak is heaped on a large glacier system, which is now melted.

Garibaldi has three peaks:

  • The southern summit Atwell, a pyramid-shaped spire, was during the volcanic development source of many pyroclastic flows
  • Dalton Dome, the northern peak is slightly higher than Atwell and was taken at the last eruptions of dacite
  • Columnar Peak.


The Mount Garibaldi was discovered in 1860 by the sounds British officer George Henry on the survey ship HMS Plumper during the survey of Howe. Meanwhile captain named the mountain after the Italian freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi. The mountain was first climbed in 1907 by a group of six climbers from Vancouver. The view and the environment led to regular climbers in summer camps at Garibaldi Lake, so that in 1920 the area was classified as Park Reserve. In 1927, the Garibaldi Provincial Park was established with a size of 195,000 hectares.